Against Social Distancing: A Critique of the Ideology of Isolation

plague flagellants

As of now, multiple states and cities have been put into what amounts to near-complete lockdown. Most of the East Coast of the U.S. has prohibited mass gatherings of people and forced restaurants to stop serving people in the building. Some states have even started to enforce curfews and travel restrictions.

At this point, the speculation is not when this will abide, but how much worse it is going to get.

Collective Care Is Our Best Weapon against COVID-19

From Outside the Circle

While “social distancing” is a necessary tool to help stop the spread of this virus, it will only be effective if it’s grounded in an ethics and practice of social solidarity and collective care. COVID-19 clearly demonstrates that only by deeply looking out for each other — acting as if everyone’s life has inherent worth and is at risk; as if the health of one is the health of all — will we actually be able to lessen the amount of sickness and death, not to mention the emotional weight on us all. Unless everyone cooperates, the virus exponentially spreads.

Rubicon Donates Tons of Necessities to Athens Nursing Home

From Greek Reporter

News websites in Greece have been known for years for reporting incidents of vandalism involving the controversial Greek anarchists’ group ”Rubicon.”
However, the coronavirus pandemic has brought nearly an endless array of changes in such a short period of time, one of which is a work of charity carried out by members of the Rubicon on Monday in Athens.

The Ex-Worker #74

From Crimethinc.

The COVID–19 crisis presents both extreme dangers and opportunities. As our lives are threatened by a new virus, our freedom is menaced by authoritarians intent on using this opportunity to set new precedents for state intervention and control. On the other hand, the collapse of the global capitalist economy and unprecedented social crisis are opening possibilities for refusal and resistance that we could not have imagined even a month ago.

Announcement re: the Montreal 2020 bookfair

We're inviting you to share imaginative ideas with us. How can we take or make, and then share, space to be together? Are there novel ways to dialogue about ideas, play, grieve, make art and music, offer care, show solidarity, dance, and so on, that remind ourselves we're still here, we're still strong--ways that might allow some of us to gather at a "safe" distance in person in Montreal and/or others to engage in highly participatory long-distance ways, including physically in their own locales at the same time?

A letter to friends of the desert

Once we are out of the “emergency” and out of our desert, for we must always consider dwelling within it as only transitory, we must not allow it to be only a parenthesis, full of suffering and death or even of discoveries and memorable moments, to be followed by a return to the normality of before. For it is precisely this normality that has brought us to the point where we are and which can no longer continue except by deepening the destruction. This normality also includes the normality of our earlier way of life, or rather, our ways of surviving and deluding ourselves. I see that many of us are desperately seeking to reaffirm our own normality. This is not good. In all friendship: it is not worth it.

Anews Podcast 158 – 3.27.20

From Anews Podcast

Welcome to the anews podcast. This podcast is on anarchist activity, ideas, and conversations from the previous week on anarchistnews.org.

sound editing by Greg

Reading by Chisel of Rethinking the Apocalypse: an anti-futurist manifesto from Indigenous Action

No TOTW conversation this week

What’s New was written and read by Chisel and Greg

Music:
1. MARIE MADELEINE – The Nihilist Song

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